Judge temporarily blocks Kentucky’s near-total abortion ban

Judge temporarily blocks Kentucky’s near-total abortion ban
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 9:08 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2022 at 6:36 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - A state court in Kentucky has blocked the state’s trigger law that went into place following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The law banned almost all abortions until it was paused Thursday.

It caused strong reactions, both for and against, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision paved the way for two Kentucky laws from 2019 to go into effect, banning all abortions, except for when the mother’s life is at risk.

“To be in a state that immediately took away this essential healthcare, it was very embarrassing,” said Henderson abortion rights activist Cooper Beck-Benson.

Less than one week later, a state court blocked the implementation of these laws as part of a lawsuit brought by the Kentucky ACLU and Planned Parenthood. This means abortions can resume in the state.

Some say the trigger laws don’t represent how the people of Kentucky feel.

“I’ve said before, the trigger law is an extremist law that the vast majority of Kentuckians disagree with,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. “It provides zero exceptions for victims of rape and incest, giving them no options despite the fact that they have been harmed and what they’re going through is through absolutely zero fault of their own.”

On July 6, the court will hold a hearing to see if the block will continue while the case is litigated.

Not everyone is happy with the block. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron released a statement saying the judge who made the decision acted without basis in the constitution, and those who support the laws will work to uphold them.

In his Team Kentucky update on Thursday, Governor Beshear also spoke on how the laws would have impacted cases he worked on when he was a prosecutor.

“Listen, I was the state’s top prosecutor. I saw young girls in their teens or sometimes earlier that had been violated, sometimes even by family members, and if the trigger law goes into or stays in effect, they will have zero options and that’s wrong,” said Beshear.

Activists say they plan to continue making their voices heard, including with a rally this weekend in Henderson.

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